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What are the effects of a stroke?

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What are the effects of a stroke?

The effects of a stroke vary, depending on the affected area of the brain and how long it took to receive treatment. A delay in diagnosis can result in more brains cells dying or being damaged. Some people only experience minor effects after a stroke, such as a difficulty with coordination or fatigue. Others may need to relearn basic functions, such as walking and swallowing, and they will need ongoing support.

Strokes can affect many functions, including:

Vision

Approximately one-third of people who experience a stroke have problems seeing afterward. These can range from some blurring in one eye to total blindness. While some visual function can improve after a stroke, a complete recovery is uncommon.

The following visual difficulties can also be caused by a stroke:

  • impaired eye mobility
  • partial vision loss
  • dry eyes
  • unsteady, jittery eye movement

Less common visual difficulties include:

  • Agnosia, which refers to difficulty recognizing familiar faces or objects.
  • Visual neglect, which involves being unaware of things on the side of the body affected by the stroke.

Emotional impact

Strokes are life-changing events and may require a person to relearn basic functions or activities. A stroke can leave a person feeling confused, scared, and anxious. Everyone’s experience is different, but it is usually helpful to speak about a stroke and its emotional impact with friends, family, a therapist, or a support group.

A person who has had a stroke may experience:

  • depression
  • feelings of vulnerability
  • anxiety
  • feelings of being a burden
  • frustration

Physical effects

Following a stroke, some people experience:

  • difficulty swallowing, which is known as dysphagia
  • an inability to lift the front of the foot, which is called foot drop
  • incontinence
  • pain
  • fatigue
  • paralysis
  • seizures
  • problems sleeping
  • poor muscle control
  • muscle spasms

An individual may have a variety of these symptoms or only one. They can range in severity and may get better over time.

Some stroke patients die, and some survive but must endure a lifetime of disabilities. The families of stroke victims are often unexpectedly left in the position of caring for a previously able-bodied person, which can take a tremendous toll both emotionally and financially.

A consultation with an experienced stroke medical malpractice attorney at our firm is always free. We routinely investigate stroke care, with a keen eye towards assessing whether different care should have been offered and whether it would have resulted in a significantly better outcome for the patient.

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